Posts Tagged ‘Sports Photography’

How Michael Mueller Keeps His Cool at -20°c

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Sports Photography

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© Michael Mueller

So you think your last shoot was challenging? Well, try shooting on top of a snowy alpine summit in -20°C with screaming winds, occasional fog and clouds with snowfall. That’s what Michael Mueller did. 

“The client wanted images in the same style as car ads,” says Michael Mueller – fearless photographer and dauntless adventurer in equal measures. “They wanted clean, super perfect images with blue skies and white mountain tops. Being a brand for serious athletes, it was also important that the images showed a real challenge. We couldn’t make it easy for ourselves. We had to climb high and shoot real athletes doing real things.”

Said and done. Michael and his team packed their bags and went to Pontresina in the Swiss Alps. With them they brought B1 Off-Camera Flashes, TeleZoom Reflectors and Zoom Reflectors.

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Andrew Hancock Travels Light With the New Profoto B2 to Vatnajökull Glacier

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Sports Photography

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© Andrew Hancock

Photographer Andrew Hancock has made his living being on the road and on location. He is always up for the challenge when it comes to finding new exciting places to visit. For most of his trips, Andrew is used to travelling with heavy and bulking equipment. This trip to Island was different. Why? He had brought the new and lightweight Profoto B2 Off-Camera Flash with him.

The trip to the Vatnajökull Glacier wasn’t going to be easy. The weather was brutal with hard winds and shut down roads. But Andrew and his team knew they had to get the shot regardless of the weather.

“I like a proper challenge and I really was curious to see how the B2 would perform in the elements,” writes Andrew on his blog. “Additionally, the windows to shoot the two portraits were the two last shoot days of the trip.”

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Kelly Pratt Uses Profoto B1 to Create Hard Shadows

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Videos

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Kelly Pratt, a husband and wife photographic team, had a vision: A vision of a ballet dancer, straight lines and shadows falling across her body. This vision required a large studio space and great lighting techniques. Luckily they had both. 

The team wanted to capture an elegant and modern look and to show off the dancer Vanessa’s grace and strength. With everything they had in mind, they realized that it wouldn’t be easy. First off, to create the lines falling across the wall, they needed to make an 8 foot cookie (a device to cast shadows patterns or silhouettes). They set up their trusted Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash, and by simply moving it around they were able to change the direction and stretch of the shadows.

To be able to create hard and dramatic shadows they needed to place the flash far away and visualize how the shadows would fall on the dancer. “The modeling light on the B1 was especially helpful for this setup”, writes Kelly.

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Joe McNally’s Meeting With Mermaids

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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© Joe McNally

Joe McNally has a Bucket List. You know, that list where’s you cross of things you want to achieve in your life. And Joe sure has some different topics written on it. Shooting mermaids for instance. 

Just outside of Tampa, Florida lies Weeki Wachee Springs, also known as the City of Live Mermaids, a family oriented park with mermaids who swim in a pool of water. Thanks to the help of Scott Kelby and his team, whos office is very close to it, Joe McNally was able to do a photoshoot there.

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Tomas Januska Throws Dust and Color Pigments While Shooting Downhill Skaters

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Videos

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Shooting downhill skaters is quite popular. But some photographers like to add a little extra to a shoot. Photographer Tomas Januska is one of them. For this shoot he decided to make it a little bit dirtier by adding flour and color pigments to the images.

Tomas has since the start of his photographic career been interested in dust and movement.

“At the beginning of my photography career, I was experimenting with dust, movement and people and by talking to friends who take part in skateboarding we decided to create some sort of photoshoot.”, he says.

“We decided to shoot skateboarders whilst they are riding down a hill, and during the time of the turn the downhill skateboarder will create a slide whilst having color pigments and dust incorporated within this moment in time, also capturing the actual movement of the downhill skateboarder with the skateboard.”

Shooting downhill skaters getting 30 kg flour and 30 kg color pigments thrown at them could definitely be a challenge. But not for Tomas, who planned everything ahead. He also got help from the UK downhill skateboarders: Josh Monk, Kami San and Ras and the Productions Team, DigiToast.

 

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